Owen Garvan

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Owen Garvan
Owen Garvin.jpg
Garvan playing for Crystal Palace in 2012
Personal information
Full name Owen William Garvan[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1999–2004 Home Farm
2004–2005 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Ipswich Town 163 (13)
2010–2015 Crystal Palace 77 (10)
2014 Millwall (loan) 13 (0)
2014 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2007–2009 Republic of Ireland U21 16 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:13, 24 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Owen William Garvan (born 29 January 1988) is an Irish footballer who plays as a central midfielder. He previously played for the Irish schoolboy team Home Farm, before moving to England to join Ipswich Town. He subsequently played for Crystal Palace.


Garvan comes from a notable Irish footballing family. His maternal grandfather, Con Martin, was an international during the 1940s and 1950s and captained both Ireland teams – the FAI XI and the IFA XI. His uncle, Mick Martin, also played for both the Republic of Ireland and Manchester United. Another uncle Con Martin Jr. and his own father, Gerry Garvan, both played in the League of Ireland.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Home Farm[edit]

Garvan was a member of the Home Farm U-14s team that played in the Dublin and District Schoolboy League. The team, which was coached by his father Gerry, went unbeaten for three years between 1999 and 2002. Along the way they won the Schoolboys FAI Cup twice. [3] [4] Garvan is just one of several players in the team who have since gone on to bigger things. Darren O'Dea, Diarmuid O'Carroll, Gary Walsh and Gareth Christie were all offered contracts by Celtic, while goalkeeper Shane Supple and defender Michael Synnott, like Garvan, were recruited by Ipswich Town. Another member of the team Chris McCann signed for Burnley.[5]

Ipswich Town[edit]

Garvan turned down offers from Celtic, Fulham and Nottingham Forest before joining Ipswich Town in November 2004. He subsequently became a regular in the Town team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2005. However he missed the second leg of final against Southampton after being rushed to hospital with a virus on the eve of the game. He made his senior debut for Town against Cardiff City on 6 August 2005 and during his debut season with the senior team, 2005–06, he made 31 league appearances and scored 3 goals. During the 2006–07 season he made a further 27 league appearances and scored 1 further goal.[6][7][8] During the 2007–08 season, Garvan formed a good partnership with Tommy Miller and scored three goals. However he eventually fell out of the side under Roy Keane's management, and became a fringe player.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Garvan moved to Crystal Palace in August 2010 for £250,000. He scored his first goal for Crystal Palace in a 4–3 defeat at Preston North End on 23 October 2010.[9] Garvan often played in the first half of the 2010–11 season, but with Palace playing poorly in the league. The new manager Dougie Freedman used Garvan as a bench option. Palace managed to stay up at the end of the season. Garvan made 22 league appearances during the next campaign and scored three goals, with Palace finishing in 17th place. The 2012/13 season proved to be Garvan's most successful in the Palace colours so far. Flourishing in a five-man midfield initially under Dougie Freedman and later Ian Holloway, Garvan beat his record for assists and goals in a single season for The Eagles by January. On 29 May 2013, he signed a two-year contract extension with Palace, taking him to the summer of 2015. On 22 May 2015, it was announced that Garvan would not be offered a new contract by Palace at the end of the 2014-15 season.[10]

Millwall (loan)[edit]

On 28 February 2014, Garvan joined Championship side Millwall on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[11]

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

On 10 September 2014, Garvan joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan deal.[12] Three days later he made his full Bolton debut in a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday at the Macron Stadium.[13]

International career[edit]

Garvan made his debut for the Republic of Ireland U21s on 7 September 2007 in a 2–0 defeat against Portugal U21 at Turner's Cross. This game was a European Under-21 Championship qualifier[14] He has previously represented the Republic at U15, U17 and U19 levels. Since his U21 debut he has also played in a friendly against Sweden U21 on 12 October 2007, which the Republic won 3–2, and in another qualifier against England U21 on 16 October 2007 which ended in 3–0 defeat. He was also included by Giovanni Trapattoni in his first senior squad as the Republic manager.


Ipswich Town
Crystal Palace


  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ ww.fai.ie
  3. ^ www.a2zsoccer.com
  4. ^ www.a2zsoccer.com
  5. ^ www.independent.ie
  6. ^ www.itfc.premiumtv.co.uk
  7. ^ www.itfc.premiumtv.co.uk
  8. ^ Pride of Anglia
  9. ^ "SOUTH LONDON PRESS TODAY | SPORT | Duo seal medals at European under-20 Championships". Southlondonpress.co.uk. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ "Five Players To Be Released By Palace". cpfc.co.uk. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Garvan arrives on loan". Millwall FC. 28 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Owen Garvan: Bolton Wanderers loan Crystal Palace midfielder". BBC Sport. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC Sport. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  14. ^ www.fai.ie

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